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Post  MasonGarden 5/23/2011, 11:23 pm

I can't find "shade cloth" at my local garden center/big box garden center. Can I use a dark colored tulle for the same purpose?
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Post  middlemamma 5/24/2011, 12:40 am

I would bet a light colored tulle would work as well...??

I don't have experience with this MasonGarden but maybe some one will chime in soon...
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Post  MasonGarden 5/24/2011, 12:48 am

It would be great to use the same fabric for pests and shade. Since I got such a late start on sowing seeds in my beds because of the rain, I want to make sure to shade my new baby lettuces, spinach, collards, and kale so that I can get at least a couple of salads! Next year I'm planning on starting my cool weather veggies indoors. sunny
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Post  Barkie 5/24/2011, 4:24 am

Good news for you, a smaller mesh size will keep out the smaller pests as well as the bigger ones and will give the best shade too but just check that water is getting through when it rains. Remember to take the net off if the crop requires pollinating by insects though won't you!
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Post  MasonGarden 5/24/2011, 8:32 am

Will do! thanks
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Post  quiltbea 5/24/2011, 11:40 am

You can use cheesecloth as a shade barrier. It works great and its inexpensive at the fabric depts by the yard.
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I drape mine over wire clothes hangers tucked in the soil and clip with spring-type clothes pins. You can make it small for one square or long for serveral squares.
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Post  MasonGarden 5/24/2011, 5:27 pm

Sounds like a plan to me! Thanks everyone! thanks
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Post  camprn 5/24/2011, 5:31 pm

Old sheer curtains from the thrift store? Shocked
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Post  MasonGarden 5/24/2011, 6:10 pm

I actually have some old sheers that I could use, so that would do on sunny days when no rain is expected. Thanks for the suggestion....
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Post  quiltbea 5/24/2011, 6:17 pm

Old lace or sheer curtains will work fine.
Even a board placed between the plants so those needing the shade are on the shady side of it will work.
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Post  jazzymaddy 5/24/2011, 9:20 pm

Barkie wrote:Remember to take the net off if the crop requires pollinating by insects though won't you!

When is a good time of day for that, and how long would you recommend? I believe all of my plants that need that will eventually be out of the tulle because they will be on the trellis, but it'll be good to know until then. Thanks!
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